Sunderland are interested in signing Feyenoord midfielder Liam Kelly during the January transfer window, according to a report from The Sun.
Kelly’s time in the Eredivisie does not appear to have gone to plan. He joined the club from Reading with former Royals boss Jaap Stam at the helm.
However, Stam has since left. And the 24-year-old has made just one top flight appearance this season. It appears that he could be on the move once again in the near future.
The Sun reports that the Black Cats want the midfielder, but they face competition from Oxford United and MK Dons.
It is not clear whether Sunderland would pursue a permanent deal or a loan move for Kelly. Interestingly, they are relying on their former boss Dick Advocaat to give a move the green light with the Dutchman succeeding Stam at De Kuip.
It would perhaps not be a big surprise if Phil Parkinson was the driving force behind Sunderland’s interest. Parkinson spent more than a decade at Reading as a player, so he would be forgiven for keeping a keen eye on his old side. And that may have perhaps made him particularly aware of Kelly’s ability.
It would arguably be a coup for the Black Cats to land Kelly. His time in the Netherlands does not appear to be working out. But he was previously playing regularly in the Championship.
January is going to be a crucial month for Sunderland. They are nowhere near being out of the play-off race, but they do need to improve significantly.
Signing a player of Kelly’s potential may be the catalyst they need.